New Parliament back to work

MEPs will meet in committees to prepare
the questionnaires for the forthcoming hearings of
commissioner candidates and to meet the Dutch ministers in
their respective areas to discuss the programme of the Dutch
EU Presidency.

The Parliament’s new committees start meeting this
week. Two main tasks will be on their agendas: 

  • to prepare the questionnaires for the forthcoming
    hearings of commissioner candidates 
  • to meet the Dutch ministers in their respective
    areas to discuss the programme of the Dutch EU
    Presidency (1 July- 31 December 2004) 

The hearings of Barroso’s chosen team by the
specialised committees are due to take place between 27
September and 8 October (the specific dates for each
committee are not yet fixed). A number of questions will
be asked to each commissioner candidate to determine
whether he/she is fit for the portfolio he or she has
been given (see 
EURACTIV, 13 August 2004

). The European Parliament will then vote on whether to
approve the whole commission at the end of October. The
new European Commission will start its five-year term in
office on 1 November. 

MEPs in the budget committee will be examining the EU
budget for 2005. Budget Commissioner Michaele Schreyer
will appear before the Budget Control Committee on
Tuesday to discuss a report on the fight against fraud in
2003. There will also be a debate on an Action plan on
Fight against Fraud for the years 2004-2005 and new rules
for the protection of the Community’s financial
interests. 

On 3 September, the outgoing European Commission is to
hold its first weekly meeting after the summer break and
is expected to look at reform of the EU’s Stability and
Growth Pact (see 
EURACTIV, 30 August 2004

). 

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